Inside the Beltway: Elizabeth Warren’s rumored run gets serious

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VOICE OF REASON — A REPUBLICAN PARTY FORECAST

The liberal media relishes the chance to issue dire reports that the Republican Party is in complete shambles — divided, disillusioned, fatigued. Yeah, well. Things are not as bad as they are portrayed, and while the Grand Old Party is quite capable of short sprints on the campaign trail, it’s also in it for the long march.

“Republican are no more discouraged after six years of Barack Obama than Democrats were after six years of George W. Bush. While there’s a healthy intramural battle inside the party during the midterm primaries, the midterm general election looks very positive for the GOP, which will only strengthen enthusiasm for 2016. Republicans do believe President Obama has done tremendous damage to our country, but there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel that we can see,” Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak tells Inside the Beltway.

MR. LABRADOR DOES NOT BLINK

A Republican from Idaho is not one to be trifled with. That would be Rep. Raul Labrador, an unapologetic and plainspoken conservative who appears unfazed by aggressive journalists or the proverbial media hot seat. Mr. Labrador put in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, following Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, who had told host David Gregory that as far as the surge of undocumented, unaccompanied youngsters in the Rio Grande Valley, the U.S. should “do right by the children.” Mr. Labrador was ready.

“As I was listening to Secretary Johnson I kept thinking you just need to change your slogan at the beginning of your show. Instead of ‘If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press,’ it should be ‘If it’s Sunday, it’s another administration official making stuff up on Meet the Press.’” Mr. Labrador told Mr. Gregory in the aftermath. “It’s really shameful. He made up a lot of different things.”

The lawmaker — a father of five — made it clear that he has profound sympathies for the kids.

“This is an outrageous thing that is happening to these children. The best, safest message we can send to Central America is, if you want Central American families to know that they shouldn’t be bringing their children to the United States, is by sending these children back home in a humanitarian way,” Mr. Labrador said.

THE WARREN FACTOR GETS SERIOUS

Is it more than gleeful dot-connecting? The rumor that President Obama will support Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in a presidential bid rather than Hillary Rodham Clinton has emerged, like a big moth from a carefully crafted cocoon. Such rumors go straight for the light, and either provide entertainment or annoyance. The claim comes from Ed Klein, author of “Blood Feud,” a book tracing intense rivalry between the Obama and Clinton families, and now topping the New York Times bestseller list.

But Mr. Klein went to the New York Post on Sunday for his big reveal, writing, that Mr. Obama “quietly promised” support to Ms. Warren — “a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton.”

Some have already suggested that Ms. Warren is ready for a White House run and would be a contender, thanks to her appealing brand of liberal populism. Columnist Jonah Goldberg notes “Warren is perfectly poised to be the Obama of 2016,” while American Thinker founder Thomas Lifson declared her to be waiting in “the tall grass,” ready to ambush her rivals.

And about Mr. Klein’s claim that Mr. Obama would support Ms. Warren, the idea has taken flight and is now fluttering from one news organization to the next, making headlines in The New York Sun, Fox News, The Wire and the Daily Mail, among others. Mr. Klein’s claim “has the ring of truth,” noted The Sun in an editorial.

THE PUBLISHER GETS FEISTY

Regnery Publishing — that’s Mr. Klein’s publisher — is enjoying the moment, meanwhile.

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